As is well documented on this blog, Guitarist Andy Gill is going strong with the Gang of Four. The trio slammed into U Street Music Hall Thursday, playing classics and new tunes to an eager audience.
These days, Gang of Four consists of Andy, vocalist John “Gaoler” Sterry, and bassist Thomas McNeice. The gents were accompanied at U Street Music Hall by drummer Tobias Humble. The band will release Happy Now, a new album, in March. And they have a new single called “Paper Thin,” which lends its name to the current Paper Thin tour. Mysteriously, Gang of Four did not perform the single.
Gang of Four took a majority of its performance from the classic album Entertainment!, the 1979 record that put the original band on the map. But they also played some new stuff from Gaoler’s tenure with the band, including two songs from his debut record, What Happens Next, and “Lucky” from a recent EP, Complicit.
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In all honesty, it’s a very satisfying show to see Andy present classic tunes like “Anthrax,” which opened the show, “Damaged Goods,” which appeared in the middle, and “Glass,” surfacing in the encore. Go check out Andy and his compatriots if you haven’t yet seen the new Gang of Four lineup. Gang of Four have only a few US nights remaining in their current tour, wrapping in New York City on Monday, Feb. 25. Surely, they will return soon to play the new album for us?
Here are some pictures of Gang of Four performing at U Street Music Hall on Feb. 21, 2019. All photos copyright and courtesy of Jason Nicholson.